Weight loss is not always an easy journey is it?
There are times in your journey that everything seems to be clicking into place but there are also times where things get hard.
For all the people I have spoken to over the years concerning their weight loss journey, I have never met a single person who has lost weight without going through some difficult times.
An interesting point to think about is that the amount of weight a person needs to lose does not seem to dictate how hard or easy the journey is. There are always challenges.
Personally, I had a lot of struggles during the 14 months it took me to lose 158 pounds and those struggles were always knocking at my door threatening to derail my best intentions.
Here were some of the difficulties I struggled with.
♦ Emotional issues such as eating when stressed, bored, or upset
♦ Periods when I felt like skipping my exercise routine.
♦ Feeling out of place when I was the only person not pigging out at a buffet or party.
♦ The inevitable burnout that comes after being “good” day-after-day.
♦ Frustration over perceived expectations from other people
♦ Complacency and boredom with the whole process.
Quite frankly there were several times during the 14 months that it took me to lose my weight where I just wanted to say, “That’s it. I can’t do this anymore.” But I never gave up and am so glad that I persevered and got to a healthy weight.
I remember one time in particular where I came face to face with one of those difficult times that made me wonder if all the effort was worth it.
John and I were at one of those southern functions that were full of more desserts and high calorie foods than there were people. You know those functions don’t you?
Tables laden with cakes, cookies, pies, appetizers, and brownies sit in the middle of the room while the people at the party hang around the tables taking one bite of this and a few pieces of that.
On that particular summer evening, I was about midway through my weight loss efforts, meaning I had lost about 75 pounds. Even though I did not completely avoid desserts as I was losing weight, I was very picky about the desserts that I did eat. They had to be excellent or I passed them by.
On this evening, the dessert laden tables held no desserts that were worthy of my calories. So I stood around talking to people, watching them eat, and feeling a tad bit sorry for myself.
After we got home that night I thought about how I felt watching other people eat dessert and had a light bulb moment. I realized that although I was a bit annoyed that I could not find anything I really wanted, it was also a real victory for me because I did not just eat a dessert because it was sitting there on the table.
I made a conscious choice to say “no,” stuck with that hard decision, and ended up feeling in control and proud of myself. A win-win for sure.
When you experience difficult times during your own weight loss journey, I’d encourage you to look back on all your successes. Even though that church social was hard at the time, it was still a victory I never forgot.
Remember all the little victories you have had over the course of your weight loss experience. And remember that you are worth every effort it takes to get healthy – no matter how hard it is.
Question: How do you keep going with your weight loss efforts when you begin to feel that the process it just too hard? Diane